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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 136-139

The study of auditory effects after concomitant radiotherapy and chemotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer


Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, India

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Harish Chander Goel
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa - 403 202
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.117472

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Aims and Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and patterns of hearing loss after concomitant radiochemotherapy in patients enrolled in a larynx preservation protocol. Materials and Methods: The study comprised of audiological evaluation of 30 patients prior to and at 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment using pure tone audiometry and impedance audiometry. Results: At the end of 6 months, 43.33% suffered sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), 8.33% conductive hearing loss, 16.67% mixed hearing loss, and 6.67% showed improvement in hearing. Discussion: The possible mechanism for hearing loss are discussed and compared with the result of such studies in literature. Conclusion: There exist a small but definite potential risk of hearing loss after concomitant radiotherapy and chemotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer.


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